“Marcher Perspectives on the Welsh Past”
Mortimer Society Lectures
Dr Georgia Henley, Saint Anselm College
Marcher baronial literature from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries reveals broad interest in Wales and the Welsh past. This interest, which was motivated in part by marcher families’ desire to gain political authority in the region, cultivated a range of romances, genealogies, and chronicles, such as the romance of Fouke le Fitz Waryn, the Genealogy of the Lords of Brecknock, and the Epitome historiae Britanniae. In reimagining the Welsh past, and in making use of Welsh textual sources, marcher readers influenced transmission networks that drew Welsh texts into England, and amplified Welsh influence on medieval Britain’s literary landscape
Dr Georgia Henley is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is the author of a forthcoming book, Reimagining the Past in the Medieval Anglo-Welsh Borderlands, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, as well as a range of articles on Latin writing in Wales, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and Gerald of Wales. With A. Joseph McMullen, she co-edited Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic with University of Wales Press in 2018.
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